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#06-09-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

English: Chiswell Island Group, Gulf of Alaska...
Chiswell Island Group, Gulf of Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Gulf of Alaska nonpollock trawlers limited to 7500 kings
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council set a cap on king salmon bycatch caught by the nonpollock trawl fleet in the Gulf of Alaska today after considerable public testimony and council discussion. Council member Cora Campbell, Alaska’s fish and game commissioner made the motion for a 7,500 salmon cap, which is further apportioned into separate limits for catcher processor, catcher vessel and rockfish program sectors. The action also creates some flexibility and.....

Vigorous indeed
When the shipyard sold a year ago, the community understood it was to be for its economic benefit.
Figures show it has been. Adam Beck, president of Alaska Ship and Drydock and director of regional operations for Vigor Industrial, told the Ketchikan City Council this week that ASD's overall employment increased 19 percent to 157 employees since the change of ownership in March 2012. More than 98 percent of the employees at the state-owned shipyard are Ketchikan residents, Beck says.........

Fishing Families: Life Aboard the Kathleen Jo
Posted by Tele on June 8, 2013
When Jeff called to ask if I could fill in for his abruptly departed long­line deck­hand, his only hes­i­ta­tion wasn’t about my abil­ity to han­dle the work, but the com­pany. “I’ve got to warn you: our kids are wild and crazy. Jeytlin’s full of energy, and Teyen’s in his ter­ri­ble two’s. Do you think you’ll be okay with that?” Jeff knows my mater­nal aspi­ra­tions go no fur­ther than four-legged fam­ily. Chil­dren are a for­eign coun­try that I’ve never had any desire to visit. Accept­ing this job on the Kath­leen Jo would mean not only vis­it­ing, but becom­ing......

Eroded authority: Respected elder's lawsuit posed challenge for state
Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013 12:00 am
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial
Katie John, the Athabascan elder, was to be buried Saturday in her home village of Mentasta. The issues raised by her famous lawsuit will live on. Ms. John deserved all the respectful remembrances prompted by her death May 31 at age 97. She was a practitioner and advocate of traditional Athabascan culture, and she would share her knowledge and enthusiasm with all who would take an interest. The lawsuit that bore her name sought to authorize her fishing with nets at Batzulnetas, at the confluence of the upper Copper River and Tanada Creek, southeast of Slana. However, the....